Madison Animal Rescue Foundation saving homeless and abandoned animals

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - When animals aren't adopted at the shelter in Madison, they are put down. One group of passionate volunteers is working to not only save animals from being euthanized, but place them in loving homes. WHNT NEWS 19 is paying it forward to the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation.

"It's all about the animals," says Miki Bennett.

Seven years ago, Bennett started MARF - the short name for the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation. Dogs and cats are rescued from kill shelters and placed in foster homes.

"They all get vetted," explains Bennett. "They get all their shots, heart worm tested, treated if necessary. They are spayed and neutered, micro-chipped and then we put them up for adoption and try to find them forever homes."

They have 40 foster homes.

"It's never enough," says Bennett. "We always have animals in boarding."

Two examples are Peanut and Patience, who are boarded at the Pet Pawlor in Madison.

"The biggest challenge is foster homes and money because we are a non-profit," explains Bennett.

WHNT NEWS 19'S Pay it Forward cash can help with that.

"Thank you so very much," says Bennett. "On behalf of the animals, thank you very much!"

Bennett says the money is enough to vet one and a half dogs. Saving one animal is still a big deal to the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation.

"Our mission is to save as many homeless and abandoned animals as we can," says Bennett.

If you are looking for a pet, MARF holds an adoption event every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Petco in Madison. If you want to volunteer or foster animals, contact the organization.